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Summer of JavaScript

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We've been dormant for a while, but we're now ramping the Denver Code Club back up.

I'm calling this 'Summer of JS', although it'll likely take us through Autumn as well.

Here's the outline:

Brand new to JS?

Starting this week we're going to begin 'Head First JavaScrip (http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920027065.do)t' (Freeman | Robson). This is a great into to the language and will walk you step-by-step through the fundamentals. This book was just released a few months ago and has great reviews across the board (http://www.amazon.com/Head-First-JavaScript-Programming-Freeman/product-reviews/144934013X/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1). The cover is goofy,and the illustrations are goofy, but the content is solid. I'll (Matt) be working through it alongside you. No need to feel rushed to complete in a month, it's a big book after all. But, if you do finish it...

More advanced?

Starting in August, Craig Freeman will build on the fundamentals we learned in the Headfirst book to a more intermediate level with 'The Principles of Object-Oriented Programming in JavaScript (http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9781593275402.do)' (Zakas). Nicholas Zakas' books are always well-received, and he's a leader in the JS community. This book is more focused, and thus a bit smaller. If you're past the beginner JavaScript level, 'The Principles of Object-Oriented Programming in JS' will be right up your alley.

We'll leave it at these two books for now, but we'll likely go a step further after they're completed.

Discounts

O'Reilly has always been a great sponsor of ours, and it just so happens that both of these books are published by them. All members of the DCC that work through these books will receive 50% off the ebook purchase of both titles. Email Craig and I for the discount code: denvercodeclub {at} gmail {dot} com. We'll likely have prizes coming like stickers, books, ect, but nothing solid just yet.

Format

Just a reminder that the Denver Code Club works in a 'book club' format. We read and study on our own time and then we meetup once a week to discuss the book and help each other out. It's very casual. There is no one teaching us JavaScript, other than the book itself. There are no speakers. If you're not the self-starter type, you'll likely be frustrated.

Wrap-up

Beginning now, if you want fundamentals, start joining me this week; or, if you're looking for more a intermediate level book, join both Craig and I in August.

We're sticking with Thursday evenings for now, but it's always flexible and could change as we go along. As always, we'll be meeting at RoosterCat (http://www.yelp.com/biz/roostercat-coffee-house-denver) and generally stay from 6ish to 9ish.

Hope to see you out there!

-Matt Steele